Don’t get me wrong. I love technology as much as the next person. In fact, my kids do too and they are only 5 & 2 years old.
What I don’t want, however, is for the tablet to replace human interaction. And their imaginations. So sometimes, the tablets go in time out.
While the tablets are in time out, we channel our imagination by playing outside. We love outside play because of these benefits:
Uses Their Creativity & Imagination
I’m all for structured play at home (mostly to keep my house from looking like a tornado), but there is also value in unstructured play. It allows kids to create their own environments, tools, and settings.
When I take my children to the farm, they have no toys, so they are forced be creative with nature and use their imaginations.
One of my children’s new favorite toys is the Step2 Courtyard Cottage. It’s perfect for kids ages 1.5 and up.
They love to pretend that they are store owners, veterinarians, doctors & so much more! I love that one toy fosters such a healthy imagination!
Improves Fine and Gross Motor Skills
When kids are playing outside, they are rarely sitting still. They are focused on completing some sort of task in their environment.
When playing with the Step2 Courtyard Cottage, my daughters love to play with the terracotta pots and shovels. They like to plant flowers together in the molded-in flower box.
My youngest also enjoys playing peek-a-boo in the shutters and using the working doorbell. All of these activities allow them to use fine and gross motor skills.
Assists with Problem Solving Skills
I love hearing my daughters come up with solutions to made up problems. They also learn how to work together and (fingers crossed) get along. While they are playing, they have complete control of their environment.
If you have strong-willed children, then you know how important that can be to them.
Promotes Social Skills
Before attending Kindergarten, my daughter attended a half-day Pre-K program.
One of the things that drew me to the program was outside & classroom play. The children had an opportunity to play in centers, and roam around playing together. This prepared her for Kindergarten. No tablet could do that.
Provides Exercise Outside
I don’t know about you, but I can tell when it’s time to turn off the t.v. and go outside. Being inside with stir crazy kids is no fun!
Seeing the joy on my children’s faces as they run outside brings me an unspeakable joy.
What do you enjoy most about outside play?
I was provided with the Step2 Courtyard Cottage at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are uniquely my own!